The winner of this week's Friday Photo Fun contest is Ben, of Quod Erat Demonstrosity, who said the mystery object was a tool for removing tacks. And that is exactly what it is. I guess I picked a tricky one this time around, because it took a while for someone to guess what it was. Now I'm pretty sure this has a name in English, but I don't know what it is. I do know that in Spanish it's called a "pata de cabra" (goat's leg), and I'm guessing the name comes from the fact that the metal end of this tool sort of resembles the split hoof of a goat.
And here's a photo of my goat's foot:
At this point you might be wondering what I'm doing with such an odd tool. I mean, this isn't something that most people just have lying around the house. No, I bought this especially for my reupholstery project. I have two armchairs, that we bought long ago at a thrift store for under 30 euros, and they've served us well for many years, but the time came when even I (the woman who lived with naked bulbs for over ten years) had to admit that they needed an overhaul.
I'm very near to finishing one of the chairs, so I'll post a few before and after photos one of these days, so you can see what a difference a little new stuffing and fabric can make. But for now, I'm about to have dinner, so I'll let you all go and visit Ben, who had a terrific risotto recipe up the last time I checked.